Tag Archives: Forced Labor

EU Advances Approach on Banning Products Made With Forced Labour

The European Commission (EC) published, in September 2022, a long anticipated proposal for a regulation banning the selling of forced labour goods in the EU. The proposal is essentially introducing a ban on placing, making available on the EU market, or exporting from the EU market, any products that have been made using forced labour. This … Continue Reading

DHS Released a Notice on the Addition of Entities to the UFLPA Entity List

On August 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as the Chair of the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (FLETF), formally published the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Entity List. The Entity list is a consolidated register of the four lists required to be developed and maintained pursuant to Section 2(d)(2)(B) of the UFLPA.  … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Bill Introduced by Senate relating to Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020

On August 2, 2022, Senators Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) introduced the Sanctioning Supporters of Slave Labor Act, legislation that would expand the categories of persons that could be sanctioned under the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (UHRPA).  Rep. Jim Banks (R-Indiana) filed a companion in the House of Representatives. Read full … Continue Reading

The US Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: Is Your Organization in Compliance?

On December 23, 2021, President Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) into law. The Act creates a rebuttable presumption that “any goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China” (or by an entity included on … Continue Reading

Establishing Rules of the Road – DHS Soliciting Comments to Support UFLPA Implementation

On January 24, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began soliciting comments on a strategy to ensure goods alleged to have been made with forced labor are not imported into the United States from China, including the Xinjiang region.  The comment window reflects the first major requirement of a law passed by Congress addressing … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of December 13, 2021

Russia’s military build-up at Ukraine’s border continues to dominate the attention of transatlantic partners, with officials from the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), and the European Union (EU) continuing to warn Russia to de-escalate the situation.  In America, the US Congress wrapped up its legislative work for 2021, with Democrats not quite getting … Continue Reading

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: U.S. House and Senate Reach Agreement

On December 14, 2021, lawmakers in the House and Senate announced that they had reached an agreement on compromise language for a bill known as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act or “UFLPA.”  Different versions of this measure passed the House and the Senate earlier this year, but lawmakers and Congressional staff have been working to reconcile … Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – October 5, 2021

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* 9:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief 10:15 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT meets virtually with Democratic members of the House to discuss the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs … Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of August 2, 2021

This is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week. In this issue, we cover: July Jobs Report US Economy Updates COVID-19 Updates Biden Administration Labor Leadership Updates Federal Paid Leave Event Senate HELP Committee Advances Pregnant Workers Bill Workplace Diversity Alliance Announced Democratic … Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of July 12, 2021

This is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week. In this issue, we cover: Biden Administration Labor Leadership Updates Budget Reconciliation Spending Package Agreed to in Principle House Appropriations Committee Advances Labor Spending Bill Farmworker COVID-19 Vaccination Effort Urged Federal Funding for Workers … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of July 12, 2021

The United States (US) and European Union (EU) focused this week on forced labor and concerns with their respective supply chains, with the US releasing updated guidance on some related concerns coming from one region within the People’s Republic of China (China).  Russia was also in the spotlight, with the US focused on cyber-attacks originating … Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of June 21, 2021

This is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week. In this issue, we cover: Biden Administration Labor Leadership Updates “Forced Labor” Update House Approves the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act NPRM for Tipped Workers Announced Labor Department Grants Announced USMCA Labor Enforcement … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of June 21, 2021

The European Union (EU) published its TRIPS waiver proposal for COVID-19 vaccines this week at the World Trade Organization (WTO), with the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) welcoming the alternative, while seeking procedural clarifications.  The US detailed this week how it would distribute 55 million of the 80 million from America’s COVID-19 vaccine … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of June 14, 2021

The Group of Seven (G7) Leaders’ Summit concluded in the United Kingdom (UK) on Sunday, with several transatlantic leaders heading next to Brussels for the NATO Summit, including the President of the United States (US).  In Belgium, the US and European Union (EU) leaders met to strengthen the partnership.  EU officials also hosted a Summit … Continue Reading
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